Credit card fraudster avoids jail
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A man who helped fleece almost $ 75,000 from Westpac has avoided jail because he has rehabilitated himself.

Kosta Papadatos, 31, pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s District Court on Monday to four counts of fraud and one of attempted fraud in mid-2009.

Prosecutor Clare Kelly told the court Papadatos used fake identification to apply for four credit cards from Westpac branches on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

The cards were used to make purchases and withdraw cash totalling almost $ 75,000.

Less than $ 4000 has been recovered.

Papadatos told police he received $ 10,000 for his involvement in the scheme, which he said was orchestrated by a man named “George”.

The alleged ringleader has not been arrested.

The court heard Papadatos faced court in 2010 for credit card fraud, and the cases were linked.

Defence barrister Tony Kimmins told the court the case had been delayed because police resources had been diverted to investigating an alleged $ 16 million Queensland Health fraud.

Mr Kimmins said his client, who lived at Belmont in Brisbane’s east when he was charged in August 2010, should not spend any time in custody as it would frustrate his rehabilitative efforts.

Judge Kerry O’Brien sentenced Papadatos to 12 months’ jail but released him immediately on parole.

He ordered Papadatos to pay $ 10,00…………… continues on Ninemsn

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